Sunday, January 25, 2009

Biston Betularia

"Dainty Bess"
For those who were wondering, this fab head band tutorial is from kcquilts.  I have used it before and return to it again and again.  Easy Peasy and quick to make.
.  .  .  AND, I put the question "out there" yesterday about these little blighters, and BINGO!  Someone sent me the answer.  Thanks Melanie!  You are so clever.  I have done a search and am sure she is right.  It is a Peppered Moth - Biston Betularia.  I have caught more of them this morning nibbling on my plants.
It's been dreadfully hot here and strong winds have done some damage, however, we had a calm day yesterday and the roses were happy.  They are such strong survivors in the heat and dry, and just SO beautiful.
"Burgandy Ice"
"Double Delight"
.  .  .  and "Dearest"

14 comments:

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

I'm so pleased you found out what those strange caterpillars are! And thanks for the link to the hairband pattern. Lucy x

P.S. Dearest is simply beautiful!

Kerri said...

They are stunning flowers. And a cute little caterpillar.

Janette said...

Hi Annie
Love the head bands, may have to give them a go, I know a little girl who may like them with her new hair do!!! Your roses are beautiful.

Suzie said...

The roses are so beautiful!!! The colors are wonderful and they must smell so lovely!

wonderwoman said...

such beauitiful flowers, makes me feel good just looking at them!

Beth said...

lovely headband...lovely blog :)

Moogsmum said...

Oh my, what beautiful roses! Do they smell as good as they look?

Glad you found the name of your caterpillar - love how they stand up to attention!!

xxx

Leanne said...

Great snaps Annie. Isn't blogland amazing anything you need to know someone knows the answer. Roses are the best mine are still flowering although with small blooms with very little water.

Jenny said...

Such an important sounding name for such a pesky little blight! Love your roses!

Chookyblue...... said...

your roses are beautiful...........mine have been burnt off with the heat........interesting caterpillar

Sandi said...

Lovely rose photos, Annie. Your little catterpillars are so cute. The headband looks great, all her friends will want one.

picciolo said...

whgorgeous roses, good luck getting rid of the caterpillars!
: )

Melanie said...

Beautiful roses.

There's a sory about the peppered moth in the UK. The caterpillars used to be creamy coloured before the industrial revolution. However in area where there were lots of factories, the tree bark got sootier and darker. The paler ones were then spotted and eaten and only the darker ones survived to breed. This led to pockets of only the darker ones.

Trying Traditional said...

Double Delight is my all-time favorite rose. My grandparents always had a couple in the garden. So pretty and the smell...I can remember it now in the dead of our winter.

Imagine my surprise when I finally bought one and it has no smell. Yep, I managed to pick the one bum plant :( This year, though, I'm hoping to have lovely scented blooms to fill my home.